INDIANAPOLIS, April 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Appearances by Verizon IndyCar Series drivers and Big Machine Records artist Trent Harmon highlight the return of the Steak 'n Shake Carb Night Burger Bash, a signature Friday night celebration as part of Indianapolis 500 weekend festivities.
The free, family-oriented event on May 26, 2017 at Pan Am Plaza in downtown Indianapolis includes a live show hosted by Burger Bash founder Curt Cavin and NBCSN broadcaster Kevin Lee, with appearances from the men and women who will be driving in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500. Doors open at 5 p.m., with the show beginning at 6 p.m.
This year's Steak 'n Shake Burger Bash looks to build off last year's fun, where a majority of the 33 Indianapolis 500 drivers, including "Dancing With the Stars" runner-up James Hinchcliffe, appeared on stage. Harmon, who last year won the 15th and final "American Idol" season, will perform in Indianapolis for the first time.
The Burger Bash was created in 2008 with the goal of bringing the stars of the Verizon IndyCar Series closer to the fans during the 500 weekend, and it has become one of the best opportunities to see and hear from the drivers. Over the years, the event built around Steakburgers and milkshakes has raised more than $200,000 for local charities.
"This year's Steak 'n Shake Carb Night Burger Bash will be the biggest and best yet," said Curt Cavin, INDYCAR's Vice President of Communications. "This event provides an unparalleled IndyCar fan experience with great drivers, world-class entertainment and fantastic food – there is no better way to get ready for Indy 500 weekend. After traditional Carb Day activities conclude at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we invite all fans to make their way downtown for this outstanding, free event."
Indianapolis-based Steak 'n Shake, home of the Original Steakburger, returns as the primary sponsor of the event. Attendees will be able to enjoy Steak 'n Shake's famous Steakburgers and fries, as well as hand-scooped milkshakes during the event.
"Steak 'n Shake and IndyCar are both proud to call Indianapolis home, so we couldn't think of a better event to be involved with during one of the most exciting weekends of the year in Indy," said Jim Flaniken, Sr. Vice President, Marketing at Steak 'n Shake.
Harmon will perform his hit single, "There's A Girl," as well as other fan favorites from his Big Machine Records' album, set to debut later this year.
"I couldn't be more excited about headlining the 10th annual Steak 'n Shake Carb Night Burger Bash," Harmon said. "It's a thrill and an honor to perform at one of the premier events during the Indy 500 weekend. I'm looking forward to putting on a great show for IndyCar fans in May."
Proceeds from the purchase of food and auction items will benefit Basic Needs, Simple Solutions, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit focused on providing people's basic needs.
Flaniken added: "Burger Bash exemplifies the best of Indianapolis coming together for a good cause and a great time."
IndyStar.com will stream the event on its website, and 1070 the Fan (107.5 FM, 1070 AM) will broadcast a live show from 7-9 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/CurtCavinsCarbNightBurgerBash or www.steaknshake.com.
About Burger Bash
The Carb Night Burger Bash was created in 2008 as a way to bring Indianapolis 500 fans closer to the Verizon IndyCar Series and its star drivers. The family-oriented event features a live on-stage show with a concert to follow. Scott Dixon, Dan Wheldon, Tony Kanaan, Johnny Rutherford, Arie Luyendyk, Buddy Lazier and Ryan Hunter-Reay are among the Indianapolis 500 winners to attend the event. The event is free to attend, and all proceeds benefit Indianapolis-area non-profit organizations.
About Steak 'n Shake Inc.
Steak 'n Shake, a classic American brand, serves premium burgers and shakes in 600 restaurants across the country and the world. Founded in 1934 in Normal, Illinois, Steak 'n Shake is the leader in the "better burger" segment of the restaurant industry, serving hand-crafted, premium Steakburgers and hand-scooped milkshakes. Steak 'n Shake is the recipient of the Nation's Restaurant News Golden Chain Award. Zagat has recognized Steak 'n Shake as having the No. 1 Milkshake. Steak 'n Shake Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Biglari Holdings Inc.
About the Verizon IndyCar Series
The Verizon IndyCar Series is the premier open-wheel series in North America, competing on a challenging and diverse combination of superspeedways, short ovals, permanent road courses and temporary street circuits. The Verizon IndyCar Series conducts races in the United States and Canada, all available in high-definition television worldwide through comprehensive, long-term agreements with ABC, NBCSN, ESPN International, Rogers SportsNet in Canada and Canal+ in France. The Verizon IndyCar Series continues to be the fastest, most diverse and most competitive racing series that features an international cast of star drivers and venues. For more information about the Verizon IndyCar Series, visit www.indycar.com.
About Trent Harmon
Trent Harmon holds the reigning title as American Idol. The Season XV victor originally hails from East Mississippi and immersed himself in music from an early age. From singing "Amazing Grace" with his family to starring in various musicals in college, Trent credits life on his family's farm as a major influence on his music career. Less than one week after taking the title during the final season of American Idol, Trent entered the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, earning him a "hot shot debut" with coronation song "Falling," which was written by Idol judge Keith Urban along with celebrated songwriters Dallas Davidson and Brett James. Already in the studio, the 25-year-old musician is eager to begin recording his self-described "Country-soul" album and recently released his debut single "There's A Girl" on FOX & Friends' Summer Concert Series. Critics raved week-after-week following each of Trent's "vocally gifted" (LA Times) performances as he covered hits by Justin Timberlake, Sia, Parsan James, Percy Sledge and more. For the latest updates, follow Trent on Twitter.
Basic Needs, Simple Solutions
Basic Needs, Simple Solutions exists to provide contextually appropriate resources in order to empower humanitarian organizations in their efforts to meet the basic needs of people globally. For more information, visit www.basicandsimple.org.
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